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Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian (Beijing to Moscow)

15 days8 cities
ChinaMongoliaRussia3 countries
Tour rating: 4.99 / 5, Based on 52 Reviews
Branded train package to China, Mongolia, Russia

The Tsar's Gold Trans-Siberian rail-tour focuses on your experience and comfort, providing every opportunity for enjoying your journey of a lifetime. Starting from in Beijing exploring the Great Wall of China. Then experience genuine Mongolia, admire traditional folk arts, and meet a nomad family in their traditional yurt. Finally, discover the best Russian towns to get an insight into real Russia.

15 days8 cities
ChinaMongoliaRussia3 countries
From
$10,130
Beijing, China Gallery
4
days
China

Once the capital of four dynasties and the capital of China today, Beijing is one of the world's truly imposing cities with over 3,000 years of history and a population of around 11 million.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
1
day
Arrival in Beijing & City Tour

Welcome to the legendary capital of China - Beijing! Your guide and driver meet you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for check-in. After having some rest you meet your guide and go on an amazing sightseeing tour around the most renowned Beijing landmarks.

You start with a visit to the legendary Tiananmen Square, where the mausoleum of Mao Zedong, the National Museum of China, the House of People's Meetings, and the monument to the National Heroes are located.

Then you explore the famous Temple of Heaven, where the Chinese Emperors prayed for good harvests, and some of the city’s contemporary architectural achievements, such as the “Bird’s Nest” Olympic stadium and several futuristic sky scrapers. After the tour, you return to your hotel for overnight.

2
day
Visit to the Great Wall of China & Ming Tombs

Today you enjoy a wonderful guided tour of the real icon of the country - the Great Wall of China, to see one of its best-preserved and unique sections that has less tourists - the Mutianyu Great Wall.

After exploring this majestic man-made miracle of world's architecture you proceed to the famous Ming Tombs - the burial site of 13 Ming Dynasty emperors.

After the tour, you return to Beijing and have the rest of the day free. In the evening you enjoy dinner with traditional Beijing duck at one of the downtown restaurants.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

3
day
Forbidden City Tour

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy a guided walking tour through the former residence of the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Forbidden City, where you see its numerous awe-inspiring halls and mysterious temples.

After the tour, you are transferred to the station to board a traditional Chinese train that takes you to the Chinese-Mongolian border.

4
day
Changing Trains in Erlian

Today you arrive in Erlian - the border town between Mongolia and China. Here you get off your Chinese train and board your luxurious Tsar’s Gold train that takes you to an unforgettable journey across Eurasia.

Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel, Beijing
4

Set within walking distance from the Forbidden City and the Tiananmen Square, Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel is a great property, offering top-notch service and stylish accommodations.

train
Beijing
Ulan Bator
1 d 7 hrs

Start your train journey taking you across Eurasia to the magnificent capital of Russia. Spend your time in your comfortable luxurious train cabin, and relax before your stop in Ulan Bator.

Ulan Bator, Mongolia
2
days
Mongolia

Ulan Bator is the capital and largest city of Mongolia, this extraordinary Silk Road town has rich multi-ethnic history.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
5
day
Ulan Bator City Tour

Today you arrive in the capital of Mongolia - Ulan Bator. During your guided city tour around the most famous city attractions, you see the legendary Gandan Monastery, that is considered the most important center for Buddhist learning in all of Mongolia, and explore the Lama Museum - a cluster of four temples dedicated to the brother of Bogd Khan, who served as the state oracle during his reign.

In the evening your guide shows you the best beer garden in the city so that you could enjoy a peaceful evening in a company of your fellow-travelers. Afterwards, you have the unique chance to attend a performance of traditional Mongolian folk arts, including throat singing, horse-headed fiddle playing, and national dances.

After the tour, you are transferred to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

  • Optional overnight: You can spend this night in a traditional Mongolian yurt in the amazing Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, sometimes described as the Mongolian Alps (contact your travel specialist for additional information).

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

6
day
Trip to the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and enjoy a bus trip to the yurt camp located at the amazing Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

Today you have the unique chance to meet a nomad family in their traditional yurt and learn more about their culture, lifestyle, and traditions. After lunch you enjoy a specially arranged Mongolian horseback riding show, that takes you back to the days of the Mongolian Horde, demonstrating the skills that have been passed from fathers to children since time immemorial.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling towards the Mongolian-Chinese border.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel, Ulan Bator
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Set right in the city center near the unique State Government House, Sukhbaatar Square, and the National Museum of Mongolian History, the luxurious Best Western Premier Tuushin Hotel offers excellent service and everything you need for a memorable stay in Ulan Bator.

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Ulan Bator
Ulan-Ude
14 hrs 30 min

Today you have a long rail journey ahead of you. Prepare to spend 14 hours on a regular comfortable train taking you from Ulan Ubator to Ulan-Ude.

Ulan-Ude, Russia Gallery
1
day
Russia

Ulan-Ude is the enchanting capital of the Republic of Buryatia. This unique gorgeous city standing on the crossroads of Russia, China and Mongolia. The city grew as a large trade center and was an important point on the Silk Road route.

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Hotel
Day-by-day program
7
day
Ulan Ude City Tour

Today your train takes you along a different part of the shore of the beautiful Lake Baikal to the magnificent Selenga River valley, passing wild mountain steppes of Eastern Siberia.

On its way to the Mongolian border, the train stops in Ulan Ude - the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia. Upon arrival, you meet your guide and enjoy a wonderful sightseeing tour around the most famous city attractions.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling toward the Russian-Mongolian border.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Tsar's Gold Train
5
train
Ulan-Ude
Irkutsk
8 hrs 20 min

Today you start another leg of your Trans-Siberian journey and head towards the fascinating Irkutsk region. You are about to witness some spectacular views as you pass along the Lake Baikal shores.

Irkutsk, Russia
3
days
Russia

The cold Siberian city Irkutsk is known as the city from which Russia's great explorers set off for their expeditions. Located about 70 kilometers from Lake Baikal not far from China and Mongolia, Irkutsk Russia of today is among the region's largest towns.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
8
day
Visit to Lake Baikal

Today you arrive at Lake Baikal that is the world's deepest freshwater lake known as the Pearl of Siberia. During two extended photo-stops, you have a chance to explore and record the scenic beauty of the lake and its setting.

You also enjoy a relaxing boat ride around the lake with a stop at one of the most picturesque places on the route, giving you the chance to experience the natural atmosphere of this most unique area. Here you enjoy a traditional local style picnic (if weather permits).

9
day
Irkutsk City Tour

Today your train arrives in Irkutsk, informally known as "Paris of Siberia" for its rich architecture and colorful life.

During your guided city tour you see some classic Siberian wooden cottages, the statue of Alexander III and the Market Hall.

After lunch you take a trip to the nearby Taltsy village to visit its famous open-air Museum of Wooden Architecture and Ethnography, that consists of a number of buildings representing a traditional Siberian rural life.

After the tour, you are transferred back to Irkutsk and check in to your centrally located hotel for overnight.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Note: Clients of Bolshoi category will stay at Marriott Courtyard Irkutsk City Center.

10
day
On Board the Train

Today you are transferred to the train station and spend the rest of the day onboard your luxurious Tsar’s Gold train. This is a great chance to enjoy the fantastic scenery of Eastern Siberia with its mountains, crystal-clear rivers, and verdant slopes, entertaining lectures about Siberia, gourmet dining, and vodka tasting with typical Russian snacks in the company of your fellow travelers from all over the world.

Marriott Courtyard Irkutsk City Center, Irkutsk
4

Set near the embankment, the elegant Marriott Courtyard is a great property, offering spacious air-conditioned rooms, equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay, including such amenities as a mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, and a safe.

train
Irkutsk
Novosibirsk
31 h

Tsar's Gold Tourist Train

Novosibirsk City Gallery
1
day
Russia

A metropolis listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest growing city in the world, cosmopolitan Novosibirsk is definitely a destination you should consider for your Russia tour.

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Day-by-day program
11
day
Novosibirsk City Tour

Today you reach a region with great history and unique Siberian style and nature. Your train arrives in Novosibirsk - a city that proves that Siberia may be distant but is certainly not desolate.

Upon arrival, you are welcomed in a traditional Russian manner with a bread and salt ceremony. Then you enjoy a guided city tour, that includes visits to the Trans-Siberian Monument and the mighty Ob River embankment.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Tsar's Gold Train
5
train
Novosibirsk
Ekaterinburg
21 hrs

Set off on another leg of your Trans-Siberian adventure along the Siberia region. Spend your time with use, relax, read books, and meet new people as you travel on the regular Russian train.

Ekaterinburg Sight Gallery
1
day
Russia

Ekaterinburg is the capital of the Ural Mountain Region, full of cultural and architectural heritage for you to discover. This city is the place where the Russian royal family, the Romanovs, spent their last days.

Day by day
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Day-by-day program
12
day
Ekaterinburg City Tour

Today your train arrives in the famous capital of Ural where Europe and Asia meet - Ekaterinburg.

Upon arrival, you have a guided city tour dedicated to the last days of the Russian Imperial Family, which includes a visit to the Cathedral-on-the-Blood built on the site of the notorious Ipatiev House where the last Russian Emperor, Nicholas II, and his family were assassinated.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling through the vast steppes of Western Siberia.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Tsar's Gold Train
5
train
Ekaterinburg
Kazan
14 hrs 50 min

Set off on another leg of your Trans-Siberian adventure, and enjoy a ride to the stunning city of Kazan. Take in the picturesque sceneries from the window of the train, and relax in your train compartment till you reach the capital of Tatarstan.

Kazan, Russia
1
day
Russia

Kazan, often referred to as the country's third capital, is a magnificent millennium city and Russia's religious treasure trove. It stands on the confluence of two rivers: the Volga and Kazanka, and has an incredible 1000-year-old history.

Day by day
Hotel
Day-by-day program
13
day
Kazan city tour

Today you arrive in Kazan - the beautiful capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and the center of Tatar culture in Russia.

Upon arrival, you enjoy a guided city tour that includes a visit to the white-walled Kazan Kremlin where you will see the famous Kul-Sherif Mosque and the old Peter and Paul Cathedral, and learn about the turbulent history of the Tartars, Cossacks, and Russians.

After the tour, you return on board your train and continue traveling.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

Tsar's Gold Train
5
train
Kazan
Moscow
13 hrs 30 min

Make your way from the gem of Tatarstan, Kazan, to Moscow. Spend your time in your comfortable 1st or 2nd class train cabin: read, relax, and prepare for a memorable time in the capital. You travel on regular trains with locals, which is an authentic part of this enjoyable journey.

Moscow, Russia
2
days
Russia

Where it all starts and ends in Russia. Some say there is no other capital in the world like Moscow. The cultural exhibitions and landmarks are endless while the buzzing tempo of this metropolis will take you for a ride.

Day by day
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14
day
Visit to the Kremlin & City Tour

Today you arrive in the beautiful capital of Russia - Moscow! Upon arrival you say farewell to your luxurious Tsar’s Gold train and meet your driver who takes to your centrally located hotel for check-in.

Later you go on guided tour to one of the most outstanding Moscow icons - the Kremlin. During the tour you explore this world-famous symbol of Russian power and visit one of its brilliant cathedrals.

After dinner you enjoy a "City of Lights" tour that provides you with a unique opportunity to capture a glance of the magnificent illumination of this Eurasian metropolis.

During the tour you stroll across the world-famous Red Square and take a short Moscow Metro ride to explore this outstanding work of Socialist art furnished with statues, frescoes and mosaics, unsurpassed anywhere in the world.

After the tour you return to your hotel for overnight.

15
day
City Tour & Departure from Moscow

After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and continue exploring Moscow in the company of your private guide.

During your panoramic city tour you see the magnificent Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Lomonosov University, the Novodevichy Monastery, and the colorful St. Basil’s Cathedral.

After the tour, your driver transfers you to the airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Courtyard by Marriott Moscow City Center, Moscow
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Set in the middle of the impressive 18th-century street in central Moscow, the Courtyard by Marriott is an amazing property and one of the best places to stay during your Russian getaway.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in remarkable hotels in Beijing, Ulan Bator, Irkutsk and Moscow;
  • 8 nights on board the Tsar's Gold train;
  • Full Russian visa processing service for US, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand citizens. Full Mongolian visa processing service for Australian and New Zealand citizens (not required for US and Canadian citizens). Full Chinese* visa processing service for USA, Australian, and New Zealand citizens. Visa support service (invitation) for customers from all other countries;
  • Airport transfers with private drivers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Three meals daily on board the train;
  • Other meals according to the itinerary;
  • Vodka tasting with traditional Russian snacks;
  • Rich sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • English Speaking Group Leader throughout the tour;
  • Entertainment program on board, including lectures on the Trans-Siberian Railway, regional geography, culture, and history of the countries along the route;
  • Doctor on board;
  • Porter services at all railway stations;
  • Support line during the trip.

Specials for Bolshoi guests: 2 meals to choose from for Lunch and Dinner onboard the train, 1 bottle of water per person daily, 1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink included for meals on board the train.

Note: We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

  • Comfort of travelling on a private train combined with a caring tour director, exciting lectures and entertainment onboard;
  • Private arrival and departure transfers;
  • "City of Lights" tour in Moscow showing the magnificent illumination of this Eurasian metropolis;
  • A taste of Russian hospitality during welcome 'Bread and Salt' ceremony in Novosibirsk - the capital of Siberia;
  • Grandeur and beauty of the famous lake Baikal, that you have a chance to witness and enjoy a picniс on its shores;
  • Insight into Mongolian culture during a performance of traditional folk arts;
  • A chance to visit one of the "New" Seven Wonders of the World - the Great Wall of China.
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What To Know

  • You should bring a few hundred dollars with you on the trip to pay for food as trains do not have ATM machines
  • Usual tip size in restaurants is 10% of the check. Recommended tips for guides and drivers is $8-12 per day for a great level of service
  • Eurasian climate is unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers